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PVAS offers free summer concerts

By Staff | Aug 6, 2010

The Potomac Valley Audubon Society will again offer a series of free outdoor concerts this summer at its Yankauer Nature Preserve north of Shepherdstown.

The Society’s Seventh Annual “Music in the Cedars” concert series will consist of nine concerts in all. The concerts will be held every Tuesday evening in August and September, with each one running from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The concerts will be held rain or shine in the Preserve’s covered pavilion. There is no fee and anyone is welcome to attend.

The schedule will be as follows:

August 10: The Dilletantes. Jeff and Trudy Roth perform well-known acoustic folk songs with voice and guitar.

August 17: Andrew McKnight. This environmental engineer turned award-winning singer/songwriter and guitarist has earned high praise for his five CDs and captivating performances that feature literate prose, wry humor, and soundscapes spanning haunting blues, feisty anthems, rustic folk, and a bit of swing (AndrewMcKnight.net).

August 24: Chelsea McBee. Born and raised in Shepherdstown, Chelsea has channeled West Virginia banjo tunes to create her old time folk blues style. She’ll perform traditional tunes and her originals that highlight her unique, inviting voice paired with the distinctive sound of her 5-string (ChelseaMcBee.com).

August 31: The Outpatients. Come enjoy an evening of “‘Toe Tappin’ Acoustic Mayhem.” Three part harmonies, blazing instrumental, and all around “newgrass” jamming.

September 7: Daryl Bryarly. Go back in time with Daryl as he performs folk, Civil War, Celtic, and original songs on the Hammered Dulcimer.

September 14: Rolling Coyotes. A blend of country-tinged folk with diverse instrumentation and vocals describing unique places, characters and themes (779music.com/rollingcoyotes).

September 21: Betty Jo and Scott Rockwell will be joined by their daughter Gena for a family trio performing songs about love, nature, and the nature of love.

September 28: Steve Cifala. Close out the summer season with this dynamic performer who is influenced by Rhythm & Blues, Little Feat, andEric Clapton.

Those who attend the concerts are welcome to bring their own picnic suppers, but the preserve does not have trash pickup so everyone is asked to carry out everything they bring in.

Picnic tables will be available in the pavilion on a first-come, first-served basis. Attendees may also bring their own chairs or picnic blankets for their comfort. Please leave pets at home.

Directions to the nature preserve are posted on the PVAS website at www.potomacaudubon.org.

For more information, contact the society by email at PVASmail@aol.com or telephone at (304) 676-3397.

The Potomac Valley Audubon Society is a United Way of the Eastern Panhandle partner agency and a member of the Combined Federal Campaign.